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The Route

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  • The Route


  • Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
  • Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
  • Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)

Created / Published

  • Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, November 26, 1966


  • -  Instrumental music
  • -  Fiddle tunes
  • -  Folk music--Appalachian Region
  • -  Breakdowns
  • -  Reels
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Music
  • -  Field recordings
  • -  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn


  • Ethnography
  • Music
  • Field recordings


  • -  Meter: 4/4
  • -  Key: A
  • -  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
  • -  Compass: 11
  • -  Phrase Structure: ABAB QRQS (abcd abcd qrsd qrtd)
  • -  "The Route" has a well-established history in Virginia, having appeared in Knauff's Virginia Reels (1839) under the title "Colonel Crocket: A Virginia Reel." It seems not to be known in the North or the British Isles, but it turns up here and there in areas affected by westward migration from Virginia, such as "Jenny on the Railroad" by the Carter Brothers and Son (Vocalion 5297), from Mississippi, and Hamblen, A Collection of Violin Tunes Popular During the Early 1800's, p. 39, "The Jolly Blacksmith (She wouldn't come at all)," from Texas by way of Indiana but ultimately from family tradition in Lee County, Virginia. Another West Virginia set is Burl Hammons's "The Route," in The Hammons Family (Library of Congress, AFS L65-66), which includes additional citations.This fiddle tune is associated with some vulgar jingles. It is of a form that appears occasionally in Henry Reed's repertory, where the strains seem to be half the usual length but are often varied on repetition (compare, for example, his "Paddy on the Turnpike"). Henry Reed played "The Route" twice in his usual fashion, learned from an old man in Monroe County, West Virginia, and once (AFS 13033b30) in a manner he described as like his uncle's version of the tune. Comparison of the two is interesting, for it reveals how conscious he was of the principle and practice of variation in tradition.
  • -  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
  • -  Rendition: 1-2-1
  • -  Stylistic features: Note that he introduces into this single set some variants he previously described as different versions from different people.
  • -  Spoken: HENRY REED: Now you can play that./ALAN JABBOUR: Yeah.
  • -  Recording chronology: 083
  • -  Duration: 25 seconds


  • Audio tape

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1967/007: AFS 13037A13

Source Collection

  • Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1 (AFC 1967/007), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2 (AFC 1969/008), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Fiddle tunes of the old frontier: the Henry Reed collection online presentation (AFC 1999/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. The Route. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A. & Reed, H. (1966) The Route. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. The Route. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.